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Equipping Christian Witnesses (ECW) Sunday—Equipping Christian Witnesses (ECW) Sunday is set for Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 here at Grace. ECW Sunday focuses on the next generation of pastors and teachers who study at Martin Luther College and are the future faces of our synod’s ministry. Rev. Paul Prange will serve as guest preacher, and there will be an opportunity to offer financial gifts in support of these young men and women. Prayerfully consider giving a gift, and please continue to keep our mission-focused schools in your prayers.

Open Forum—Mark your calendars—the annual open forum is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7, at 9 and 10:15 a.m. in the Grace Center Great Hall. Bacon and other treats will be served by the church council, so come hungry, both in body and soul, and ready to discuss the exciting things happening at Grace Church! Questions, contact congregation president Jeff Hatzung at jeff_hatzung@hotmail.com. Everyone is invited—and encouraged—to attend!

New Series at Grace in the Ward: Heaven Is for Real—Heaven. You long for it. You hope for it. You have questions about it, such as “is it real?” And if it is, how do I get there? In teaching his disciples about heaven, Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” But what did Jesus mean? Join us as we explore the tremendous realities of heaven and what it means for you now and forever with Heaven Is for Real:

Oct. 31            Heaven (Rev. 7:9-17, 21:1-8)
Nov. 7              The Judgement (John 5:19-29)
Nov. 14            Waiting (Mark 13:26-37)
Nov. 21            Victory (John 11:32-44; Rev. 20:4-6)

Sunday Morning Bible Class: Next Series—As Grace Church wraps up Our Time Is in God’s Hands (a Study of Ecclesiastes) today, the next Sunday morning Bible study will start on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. Here We Stand: The Legacy of Worms, 500 Years Later, is a Bible study by Pastor John Braun, based on the short film of the same name. Revisit Martin Luther’s stand at the Diet of Worms and how it relates to the foundational truths Lutherans treasure today. Sunday morning Bible class is offered at 9 and 10:15 a.m., where attendees enjoy fresh coffee, juice, and treats, spending time in the Word, and interactive fellowship before and after each session (which runs approximately 45 minutes). Questions, contact Pastor Brian Hackmann at bhackmann@gracedowntown.org.

New Prime Time Bible Class StudyIn November, Prime Time Bible Class begins a new study focused on miracles—miracles in the Bible, miracles today, misunderstandings about miracles and clarifying their nature and purpose. Consider joining the study, 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Grace Center classroom, for enriching Bible study and friendly fellowship. Contact Jon Rupprecht at jhr12447@aol.com or 414-559-4110 for details.

Divine Call Extended—At the last call meeting, Grace called Rev. Ross Chartrand to serve as an associate pastor here at Grace Church. Please keep him, his family, as well as Grace, in your prayers as he deliberates both his calls.

New! Grace Church Directory—Coming Soon! Grace Church will begin using an online pictorial member directory soon! The directory will launch in about a month, and will initially only have members’ names (confirmed members, no children) and email addresses. Members will then have the opportunity to add and/or edit as much information as they want, including mailing addresses, phone numbers, and—most importantly—photos! However, before we roll out the directory, we want to give members the chance to opt-out if they wish to not have their information included. If you wish to opt-out, contact the church administrators at admin@gracedowntown.org, and they will remove your details from the directory prior to launch. Watch your inbox and future GraceNotes for more details in the coming weeks!

Advocate MinistryIs someone you love hurting you? Putting you down? Controlling you? Or do you know of someone in an abusive relationship who needs assistance? Grace Church now has trained and confidential advocates who can help you. Reach out for help today—or to help a loved one—by contacting Edie at 414-202-1410 or edie.graceadvocate1@gmail.com.

Job Opening at Grace—Grace is urgently seeking a qualified candidate for the role of Events Coordinator. This part-time position works closely with the Events Director and is responsible for select events and activities held at Grace. Hours range between 20-30 hours; includes some nights and weekends based on event need. Pay range is $12-$15 per hour, based on experience. If you have a passion for working with people and experience in events, this is a great opportunity! For the full job description or to apply, contact Veronica Brewer, Events Director at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or 414-271-3006.

First Fridays Presents Aaron Zauner, Cello and Maggie Rebers, Piano—First Fridays returns on Friday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. with a free concert in the sanctuary. Featuring cellist Aaron Zauner and pianist Maggie Rebers, the concert comprises works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Bernstein. Concerts last approximately one hour, and are open to the public to attend. To learn more about the First Fridays concert series, visit gracedowntown.org/firstfridays.

Happy Hobby Hour: Wine Tasting—Join wine expert and Grace member Anthony Crowder on Friday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Grace Center classroom for a wine tasting just in time for the holidays! Learn how to impress your guests at Thanksgiving or Christmas with various wines on the market—by trying them first! Cost is $5, and includes wines for tasting and entry into raffle. Please note: all attendees must be 21 years of age or older. RSVP and pay online via Eventbrite (convenience fee will apply) or pay cash at the door. Questions, contact Events Director Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

Grace in Action: Food Drive—Grace in Action is running a food drive throughout the month of November for Northside Lutheran Ministries, an inner city charity program. Collection bins are located in the Parish Center and in the Grace Center. Needed items include cereal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, canned meats, pancake mix, syrup, cake mix and frosting. Questions, contact Kathy Schlecht at kathyschlecht3@gmail.com.

Grace Social Media Photo AskDo you have fun memories and photos of events at Grace? Grace is looking to compile a digital archive of photos for future use on Grace’s social media channels, websites, and special event presentations. High resolution photos (in either .jpg or .png file format) are preferred, however scans of older, non-digital photos are welcome. Watch GraceNotes and your inbox for instructions as to how to share photos in the coming weeks!

Volunteer Drivers Needed—Kingdom Workers is assisting Children’s Hospital in recruiting volunteers in the Milwaukee area. Help is needed to transport children in foster care to and from school—an urgent need due to the bus driver shortage. Are you at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, and auto insurance? Are you willing to help for a limited time? Times and days are determined by volunteer availability. Mileage is reimbursable. To volunteer, visit kingdomwrkrs.co/foster-support and complete the volunteer application.

WLHS Fall Drama Production—WLHS brings to stage Clue, a mystery based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game. The production features two casts, with performances held on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. Purchase tickets online in advance for a discounted rate at wlhs.org/drama. Tickets may also be purchased at the door before each performance.

WLHS Veterans Day Observance—Wisconsin Lutheran High School will hold its annual Veterans Day observance on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Service men and women are invited to a complimentary plated breakfast that will be served in the WLHS cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. RSVP for the breakfast by tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 1, online at wlhs.org/veterans. For questions, contact Becky Glass at becky.glass@wlhs.org or 414-453-4567 ext. 2291. Everyone is invited to the special Veterans Day presentation in the WLHS main gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. Alumnus Major General Johnny K. Davis (‘87) US Army Commanding General, US Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, will return as keynote speaker. The presentation will also be streamed live online the day of the event at wlhs.org. Out of respect for our guests, masks are strongly encouraged for those in attendance.

WLC Warrior 5K Run/Walk—Wisconsin Lutheran College is hosting a 5K/8K trail run and 2.25 mile walk the morning of Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Greenfield Park in West Allis to benefit New Beginnings, A Home for Mothers. For more information go to WLCSports.com/Warrior5K.

Job Opening: Christian Life ResourcesChristian Life Resources (CLR) has an immediate full-time opportunity as a Donor Relations Associate. This position works to develop CLR reach with a special emphasis on communicating with donors and coordinating fundraising efforts. The pay range for this role is $39,000-$52,000 annually, depending on skills and experience, and includes a generous benefits package (including fully paid insurance coverage). To learn more, view the full job description online at bit.ly/3FbHOwj or contact the CLR office, 414-376-0594 or email at info@christianliferesources.com.

Job Opening: Kingdom WorkersKingdom Workers is looking to hire a part-time Human Resources Coordinator. This role will maintain and update employee onboarding materials, support the hiring process, assist with benefits questions, and more! To see the full description and to apply, visit their website: kingdomworkers.com/careers/human-resource-coordinator.

Job Opening: Child Care Supervisor—Christ the Lord Lutheran School in Brookfield is looking for an after school care supervisor from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day school is in session. If you are interested, please contact Kimmi Gerlach at kgerlach@christthelordbrookfield.org for more information.